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Balclutha
14 ship in bottle

Origin

Rescuing Chinese Refugees

Type

Trading Ship

Effects

Shrouds passengers

Activation

Riding

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Gama-658K

Aisle

20146-3189

Shelf

904667-1349-811

Date of Collection

1953

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OriginEdit

Built in 1886 by Charles Connell and Company in Glasgow, Scotland for Robert McMillan. Her namesake is said to be the eponymous town of Balclutha, New Zealand however it also refers to her first homeport. Originally it was designed as a general trader, Balclutha rounded Cape Horn seventeen times in thirteen years. During these trips she would carry wine, case oil and coal from Europe and the East Coast of the United States. Chile for nitrate, Australia and New Zealand for wool, Burma for rice, San Francisco for grain and the Pacific Northwest for timber. In 1911 Balclutha was chartered to China to pick up rice to bring back to the states. Upon arriving the captain was offered a different export, refugees. Agreeing Balclutha managed to rescue hundreds of refugees to Australia, under the guise of bringing fishermen and rice to the new location. The last run of this kind ended in 1930 when it returned home to Scotland.

EffectsEdit

Anyone viewing the ship sees it sail with a skeleton crew despite the amount of people aboard. Max number of people seen is fifteen, including the captain.

CollectionEdit

In 1953 before it was sailed to San Francisco agents managed to switch out ships. Agents used Elder Zhang Guo’s Fish Drum to shrink the ship.

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